Needle Exchange Programs
Sharing drug injection equipment can spread infections. Using clean needles can greatly decrease your chance of getting an infection or serious disease such as HIV or Hepatitis C. Needle or syringe exchange programs provide non-judgmental access to sterile supplies and safe disposal. Those organizations also can provide referrals to treatment and community resources.
Under Minnesota state law, it is legal to purchase and possess up to 10 clean, unused syringes from pharmacies, without a prescription. A list of participating pharmacies by county is available here.
Some needle exchange programs also provide resources including access to educational materials, medical care services, condoms and Naloxone kits.
As an example, the Minnesota AIDS Project provides needle exchange, as well as Naloxone access. To learn more about their program visit here.